The Temblor Vineyard Pinot Noir, the second vineyard-designated Pinot Noir from the Etude Estate Vineyards at Grace Benoist Ranch. These vineyards are tucked away in the far northwest corner of the Carneros appellation and feature well-drained, rocky upland soils. The site includes six different soil types and a wide variety of topographical features, and the vineyard parcels were customized to conform to the various soil types and the changing contours of the topography. The diverse sites on this beautiful property allow us to highlight certain portions of the vineyard by illustrating the variations of wine character attributable to different soil series and microclimates.
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Temblor Vineyard is sourced from Etude's estate vineyard, Grace Benoist Ranch, and was aged in 25% new French oak for 14 months. It has a medium ruby-purple color and gives quite an earthy/savory nose with notes of underbrush, Provence herbs and mossy bark over warm cranberries, fresh raspberries and mulberries plus a hint of smoked meats. Medium bodied, the palate features a firm frame of chewy tannins and great freshness, finishing on a mineral note. 413 cases produced." - Lisa Perroti-Brown, October 2018
Temblor offers a signature expression of Grace Benoist Ranch, showing the cooling influences of nearby San Pablo Bay with vibrant acidity, elegant, silky tannins and a delicate but quite demonstrative mouthfeel. Aromas and flavors of rich red fruit offer layers that reveal themselves with patience in the glass. Hints of red peppercorn and light touches of oak spice round out the profile.
The 2016 vintage was challenging, with the impact of our continuing drought requiring a deft touch in the vineyard, although there was some winter rain that helped recharge much needed groundwater. Bud break was early in February, and the march toward harvest continued through the season, with fruit arriving about two weeks earlier than normal. Shatter resulted in some blocks with lower yields, but the warm, mild growing days led to fruit with abundant flavor, good acidity and balance.
The Temblor Vineyard is located on a gradual slope that faces east within our Grace Benoist Ranch Estate. The soils here are very well-drained, with tightly packed volcanic boulders and cobbles braided throughout – a result of the Rodgers Creek Fault line which is adjacent to the vineyard. This site is directly influenced by the cooling Petaluma Gap, causing the fog to develop early and recede late in the day. The gradual slopes and moderate microclimate allow for even vine growth and fruit ripening. This expression of Etude Pinot Noir highlights the wide range of terroir influences within Grace Benoist.
The grapes for this wine were harvested at night to preserve freshness and integrity. They were placed in open-top fermenters for 3-5 days of cold maceration followed by fermentation. A small percentage of the grapes were left as whole cluster to preserve the buoyancy of aromatics of the fruit and to add structure and refinement to the wine. We performed punch downs during the early stages of fermentation with the extraction becoming gentler as the wine became dry, and followed with a quiet extended maceration to help modify the richness and mouthfeel of the wine. We lightly pressed the wine into small French oak barrels (25% new) where it rested for 14 months. The wine was bottled with no fining or filtration and allowed to rest for another eight months prior to release.
For more than a decade Jon has fashioned Etude wines with a simple creed. Inspired winegrowing diminishes the need for a winemaker to intervene in the cellar. Whether sourcing from the estate Grace Benoist Ranch in Sonoma's Los Carneros, or vineyards like Fiddlestix and North Canyon in famed growing regions of California's Central Coast, his focus is on coaxing the very best from the vineyard. It shows in every glass of Etude.
|Oak Treatment||14 months, 100% French oak barrels (25% new)|
|Blend||100% Pinot Noir|
|Case Production||413 cases|